Friday, January 29, 2016

Flax(seed)ing the muscles for some salted egg yolk cookie love! :)

Salted egg yolk cookies
Yields about 60 pcs (1 inch diameter, 5mm thickness)


125g plain flour
10g corn flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp milk powder
1/4 tsp fine salt
2 salted egg yolks
85g unsalted butter
30g caster sugar + 10g icing sugar
1 egg yolk (lightly beaten for egg wash)
Flaxseeds (for decoration)


Preheat oven at 160 degree Celsius.
Steam salted egg yolks till firm then mash coarsely and set aside.
Sift plain flour, corn flour, baking powder, milk powder and fine salt together. Set aside.
Cream unsalted butter and sugar mix till light and fluffy.
Add in mashed egg yolks and flour mixture and mix till combined to form a soft dough.

Refrigerate the dough for about 20 minutes for ease of handling. 
Roll out the dough to 5 mm thickness.
Stamp into desired shape with cookie cutters.
Line baking tray with baking sheet and arrange cookie dough on the baking sheet.

Gently brush the tops of each cookie dough with egg wash and sprinkle some flaxseeds.
Repeat as above for the remaining dough. 
Bake each batch for about 10 minutes till golden brown.
Let cookies cool till room temperature before storing in an airtight container.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Keep Calm and Eat Crab @ 瑞安炖汤美食馆

So this was my taste of childhood. Our family used to do trips across the causeway every other week back in the days when we still had a separate blue restricted passport for trips to West Malaysia.

Anyone still remember that? 

And that's when our love affair with this unique crab bowl started. On the third level of the market at Larkin. We'd pack ourselves in the car by 8am and be off on our way towards the Woodlands Causeway. Breakfast was a standard affair once we got to Larkin Market. No one tries to change their orders. It was a standard three stall order. A nondescript shop in the middle of the hawker centre selling pork trotters, braised intestines and of course the crab bowl, the store opposite selling hot drinks and perfectly executed half boiled eggs and the quiet congee stall next to it selling familiar comforts of pork and chicken congee. Oh and of course, grandpa always does a takeaway of the fried noodles in open trays wrapped in plastic sheets laid on top of newspapers. Life was simple. 

While we've skipped Larkin altogether these days except for the odd days where grandma is good enough for walks and would like to buy fresh foods from the market, I'm glad we no longer have to drive that far for our favourite crab bowls.

What's changed? The location, for sure. It's now situated just behind Leisure Mall Pelangi and you will pass by Moonlight cafe on your way down. Don't get distracted! The once nondescript stall at the run down Larkin Market now has their own air conditioned space along a row of shop houses at Jalan Kuning. And their menu has also expanded. So we now head over for a lunch fix instead. 

Make your request for lean meat if you aren't a fan of the fat or collagen that comes with pork's trotters (RM 10). They'll try their best to accommodate your requests.

All those eyes! Baby shrimp omelette (RM 12). Every bit of fluff and crisp in this one plate of yums.

Sambal baby sweet potato leaves (RM12). The sambal gravy was evil! So bad it was so good till the last drop. 

And while this might not be the best plate of hor fun, I loved the taste of the ample wok hei (RM 6). 

And the crab bowl (RM 7.50)? That's still my taste of childhood and they are still using the same recipe with the same great taste after all these years. That's the one thing that hasn't changed and that's what keeps us coming back. 

Do give them a try the next time you're past the Causeway.  

Swee Ang Restaurant 瑞安炖汤美食馆
70, Jalan Kuning,
Taman Pelangi.
Tel : +607-3337828
Operating hour : 8am - 9pm daily